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“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”

Julia Cameron

“Everything happens for a reason. Every action has a reaction. Always remember that whats meant to be will always find a way to come about.”

“Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.”

Albert Schweitzer

Last October a student wrote me on facebook saying that she wanted to get together with me to talk about something.  That’s all she said.  “Sure!” I said.  “Meet me at our restaurant, Prana.”

Meet we did, and we chatted about many things, among them, Prana Brooklyn.  She wanted us to open a studio in Brooklyn and girlfriend had it all figured out.  ;)    Now I’m a very open person and I’m always (well almost always) open to what the Universe brings me, so I listened to Ossi with an open heart and just let her words wash over me.  At the end of our meeting I told her I’d meditate on it.

The very same week a good friend of mine announced to me that she wanted us to open a Prana in Maine.  And she’d found the space.  (Yes, the very same week).  She said she loves Prana and it was just too far for her to drive to practice at Prana (an hour), so she wanted us to open there, four doors up from her house.  ;)   When I mentioned this to one of our Prana teachers that day, she immediately said, “I’ll manage it!”

Very long story short, Prana Brooklyn is being built as I type and will open sometime this summer.  Prana Maine, on the other hand, will not.  In an odd turn of events, the landlord never called us back after we saw the space—and wanted it.  It was built five years ago and she’s never had a tenant.  I’ll just leave it at that.

Meanwhile, the Prana teacher who wanted to manage Prana Maine was waiting, waiting, waiting for it to come through.  I felt bad that it wasn’t flowing, but this Supermom don’t mess wit the Universe.  Yet, I felt for our teacher (also my good friend).  She needed to move out of her rented home, and fast.  It was being sold and so since nothing was happening with Prana Maine, she and her husband and son moved in with her Mom in Connecticut.  Her mom is awesome but, well, you know, it’s challenging to live with your Mom, no matter how great she is.

 

But she hung in there.  Then one day, she needed to get out of the house and take a breather and asked her Mom if there were any yoga studios around.  Her Mom said yes and directed her to a nearby studio.  When she got there she noticed that the studio was long gone—it had been gone for a year.  But the landlord happened to be there.  She chatted with the landlord and, well, one thing lead to another.  She took over the yoga studio space and opened her very own yoga studio TWO WEEKS LATER.  Two weeks!  We ain’t never done that!  LOL.  No construction, ready as is.  A yogic dream!*

So remember, when things ain’t goin the way you want em to, breathe and believe.  You never know what the Universe is gonna deliver.  In record speed.

 

 

* Whenever you’re in Torrington, Connecticut, check out Heather’s new studio: sanctuarypoweryoga.com.

 

“We’re writing the story of our lives one moment at a time.”

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”

Thomas Edison

“He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.”

Arabic Proverb

“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”

Plato

“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.”

Adelle Davis

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.